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Student Education

An important strategic objective of Owl Farm is to provide educational opportunities and exposure to dairy farming which demonstrates career opportunities to students.

St Peter’s Cambridge

Students who study topics in Ag/Hort at St Peter’s Cambridge have daily access to the dairy farm to support their classroom curriculum.  Students are also involved in growing Christmas trees and producing honey on the farm.

Classes from Yrs 7-13 across all curriculum areas organise farm expeditions for a variety of activities: media studies, maths on farm, paddock to plate, business studies, geography, etc.  

We are especially grateful to the Yr 10 students who every year germinate 1000 native seedlings from the Trees for Survival programme, which students across the school then help to plant out on the farm.

Secondary schools

Owl Farm hosts students from other schools including 300 Yr 10 students from Cambridge High School every year and Yr 11 Ag/Geo students from high schools across Waikato and BOP for “Dairy Sustainability in Action” workshops in conjunction with Lincoln University. If you are interested in attending the Dairy Sustainability in Action workshops, or wish to provide a hands-on learning experience for your students to support class curriculum, contact Demonstration Manager Jo Sheridan to arrange a visit.

Primary schools

Owl Farm is also part of the DairyNZ school farm visits. Primary schools wishing to visit a working dairy farm can contact DairyNZ to arrange support and resources, along with access to a local farm to create a memorable experience for primary school students.

Tertiary institutes

Educators of students at tertiary institutes are welcome to arrange a visit to support specific topics for dairy trainees or to use Owl Farm facilities for training. Focus Day and event resources can be found here. 

The paddock is the classroom at Owl Farm